TOREZ (Ukraine): Dutch
investigators on Monday inspected bodies recovered from
downed passenger airliner MH17 which had been loaded
onto a train under rebel control not far from the crash
Each of the train wagons carrying the corpses was opened
and examined by two men wearing masks and headlights.
"I think the storage of the bodies is (of) good
quality," Peter Van Vliet, the forensic expert leading
the Dutch team, said after examining the corpses.
The expert, speaking as 50 armed insurgents looked on,
said his team would head to the main crash site about
Forensic experts from The Netherlands speak
with OSCE inspectors while checking bodybags
in a train's refrigerated coach. - EPA
The investigators were accompanied
by a team of international monitors from the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe who
have been visiting the impact site over the past few
A team of Malaysian officials were also due to arrive on
The Reuters reported that Ukrainian army tanks were
launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold
on the eastern city of Donetsk in the first major
outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia
Airlines flight MH17 was
shot down last week.
A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces
were trying to break into Donetsk and fighting was under
way near the railway station.
Sergei Kavtaradze, of the rebels' self-proclaimed
Donetsk People's Republic, said at least four tanks and
armored vehicles were trying to break through into the
A Ukrainian military spokesman said the operation was in
progress but would not comment on reports of troops
"The active phase of the anti-terrorist operation is
continuing. We are not about to announce any troop
movements," Vladyslav Seleznyov said.
Reuters journalists also saw two
rebel tanks heading towards Donetsk railway station.
As international horror deepened
over the fate of the remains of the 298 victims of the
Rescuers said they had found a
total of 251 bodies and 86 body fragments at the crash
site and a second refrigerated train had arrived.
The shooting down of the airliner
on Thursday has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis,
in which separatists in the Russian-speaking east have
been fighting government forces since protesters in Kiev
forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed
Crimea in March.
The United States and its allies
have pointed the finger at the pro-Russian rebels and at
Moscow itself over the downing of the plane although
Russia has denied involvement.
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